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India’s Forex Reserves Surge to $623.2 Billion, Registering a $2.75 Billion Increase

In the week concluding on December 29, India’s foreign exchange reserves witnessed a substantial uptick, surging by $2.759 billion, reaching a total of $623.2 billion, as reported by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday. This follows a previous week’s increase of $4.471 billion, bringing the overall reserves to $620.441 billion. Notably, in October 2021, India’s forex kitty had achieved an unprecedented peak at $645 billion.

Key Components and Dynamics

  1. Foreign Currency Assets (FCA): The major contributor to the reserves, FCAs, rose by $1.869 billion to $551.615 billion. These assets are influenced by the fluctuations in the value of non-US units like the euro, pound, and yen.

  2. Gold Reserves: Gold reserves witnessed a notable increase of $853 million, reaching $48.328 billion during the same week, adding to the overall robustness of India’s reserve portfolio.
  3. Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and IMF Position: SDRs increased by $38 million, totaling $18.365 billion. However, India’s reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) experienced a marginal decrease, down by $2 million to $4.892 billion.

Important Questions Related to Exams

  1. What was the total increase in India’s forex reserves in the week ending December 29, according to the Reserve Bank’s report?

  2. Highlight the major component contributing to the surge in reserves and specify its value in dollar terms as of the mentioned week.
  3. How did Gold Reserves and Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) contribute to the overall forex reserves during the specified week, and what were their respective increases?
  4. Discuss the trend in India’s forex reserves from the previous week, and mention any noteworthy developments impacting the reserves in recent times, as mentioned in the report.

Please provide your answers in the comment section!!


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